By the time most people reach their late teens or early twenties, they start coping with their third molars, which are commonly known as wisdom teeth. They get their name because they come in later in life when a person is older and supposedly wiser, but people of all ages may need to have a wisdom tooth removed.
Since wisdom teeth are the last to erupt, there is usually not enough room in your mouth to accommodate them. That means that they may remain partially or completely in your gums. This could lead to:
- Jaw damage
- Problems with the alignment of your teeth or orthodontic work
- Tooth decay
- Infected and inflamed gums
- Damage to your other teeth
In a few cases, wisdom teeth do not need to be extracted. But in most cases, treatment from a dentist is needed. If you are an older teen or are in your twenties, some signs to look out for include swollen, tender or bleeding gums, pain or swelling in your jaws, headaches and even a bad taste when you eat. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and would like to learn more about wisdom teeth removal in Fairfax, Virginia, call Oakton Family Dentistry at 703-281-6201 for your appointment with our dentists, Dr. Elhady, Dr. Scimeca and associates. Our oral surgeon will be happy to evaluate your situation and make a treatment recommendation.